Monday, April 18, 2011

Silk Dyed Easter Eggs

What fun we had using silk scarves to dye Easter eggs! I was totally amazed at the result... such stunning patterns on our eggs. These are heirloom Easter eggs for sure! And so easy to make.


All we needed for this craft was:

* egg shells (here is a tutorial on how to blow the eggs out of the shells)
* pretty silk scarves (we found ours at Goodwill. Silk ties also work... but make sure they are silk)
* 2 Table Spoons of Vinegar
* rubber bands
* a heavy rock


Begin by filling a pot with water, adding 2 table spoons of vinegar and setting it on the stove to boil.

While your water is heating, cut a square from your silk scarf (no... you won't be using it as a scarf again!). The square must be big enough for you to wrap around your egg. Each egg gets its own silk square.


Wrap your egg, making sure the silk scarf square is tight (tight is important) around the egg. Fasten with a rubber band.


Once your eggs are wrapped and tied tightly, use another rubber band to connect them all together and attach the heavy stone.


Put them all in the pot of boiling water. The stone is supposed to weigh your eggs down so that they remain submerged in the water. Alas, our stone wasn't heavy enough, hence the improvisation of all the other kitchen utensils in the pot too in an effort to keep the eggs under the water. LOL!


Boil eggs in water for 10 minutes. Take out of boiling water and allow to cool.


Carefully unwrap your eggs and marvel at how lovely they are.



Mr T LOVED this whole process but the unwrapping was his most favorite part. He sang "Happy Birthday" as he unwrapped the eggs and delighted in each newly-colorful design.



Oh, they are so pretty! So colorful and intricate.




Happy Easter crafting.
Blessings and magic,
Donni from The Magic Onions blog

Donni is a mom to two sunbursts of joy - Kitty who is 7 and Teddy who is 4. She writes the blog The Magic Onions, where the magic of nature and the wonder of childhood collide to make each day a special gift, and also has two Esty shops - Fairyfolk and DovieMoon.

3 comments:

  1. These are beautiful! What a clever idea.

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  2. Thanks for having me here, Shannon! Such a trip to see ourselves on MHC! Yay!
    Blessings and magic,
    Donni

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  3. This is brilliant! I just hope to remember to try it next year. Thanks for the inspiration!!!

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